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Polish Cultural Institute
at the 92nd Street Y Street Festival

featuring the jazz quintet, Komeda Project

Sunday, September 26, 2010
Hours: 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Rain or shine!

Lexington Avenue between 91st & 92nd Streets
New York, NY
Admission: FREE 

The Polish Cultural Institute traditionally takes part in the popular 92nd Street Y Street Festival with its own booth, presenting its program for 2010/2011.

The annual 92nd Street Y Street Festival, running along Lexington Avenue from 79th to 96th Streets, is one of New York City's most popular family street fairs with an array of offerings ranging from music, dance and spoken-word performances to "International Way," a cultural exhibition featuring several countries.

Visitors to the Polish Cultural Institute in New York's booth on Lexington Avenue between 91st and 92nd Streets will find information about the country's heritage and thriving contemporary art world, the fruits of which can often be seen in the U.S. through Polish Cultural Institute programs, and our curators of music, literature, visual art, and film will be on hand to tell you more about the Polish Cultural Institute in New York's exciting programs. This year, we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Fryderyk Chopin and we'll be providing information about a range of events you won't want to miss, such as the New York Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition and a virtuoso marionette performance with live music by the Bialystok Puppet Theatre, as well as about many other cultural events our Institute will be presenting this Fall/Winter season.

This year KOMEDA PROJECT will perform from 2:35-2:50 PM on the Festival's Main Stage in front of the 92nd Street Y at Lexington Avenue and 92nd Streets. This acoustic jazz quintet consisting of founding members saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna and pianist Andrzej Winnicki, plus trumpeter Russ Johnson, bassist Michael Bates, and drummer Michael Winnicki, celebrates the music of Krzysztof Komeda (1931-69), a pioneering Polish jazz pianist and composer who was the most potent force on the Polish jazz scene after 1956 when jazz became the soundtrack of a new era.

While best known for his haunting soundtracks to Roman Polanski films, the Polish pianist and composer made plenty of music that commands full engagement. This quintet explores that rich musical terrain.

-Nate Chinen, The New York Times

  • Visit International Way, a cultural tour from more than a dozen countries.
  • Performances for all ages on the Main Stage in front of 92Y
  • Children's entertainment on the Wonderplay" Stage
  • Sample 92Y programs in art, music, film, fitness and more.
  • Participate in children's arts & crafts, sports, concerts and games.
  • Enter raffles for free trips, classes, tickets and other prizes.
  • Support local farmers and shop sustainably at the 92Y Greenmarket.
  • Share Your Story on Facebook via on-site video.
  • Enjoy fitness demonstrations, free health screenings and KidSports and games.
  • Tour the 92Y's world-class gym: 92Y May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport.

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